Welcome to the GMUG National Forest!

photo of Needle Rock near Crawford

This is the 25th Anniversary of Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways.  In 1989, the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program was created to promote these fantastic routes. Colorado has more national byways than any other state! There’s a little something for everyone with exceptional scenic, historic, recreational, ecological, and/or cultural values. The GMUG National Forest has six of the byways. Read more about the  scenic travel corridors in and around the GMUG! (photo credit: P Owens).

September 15, 2014 : Peak Color is variable this year! In some areas it is occurring now! Best Weekends for most of the GMUG is expected to be September 27 and Oct 4.

  • The Grand Mesa is Peak Now! 
  • Red Mountain and Silverton areas are about 60% changed - Peak Now!
  • Gunnison (Fossil Ridge Wilderness, Marshall Pass, Monarch area)  is at 60- 75% color change - Peak Now!
  • Lake City - Peak Now!
  • Kebler Pass- approaching peak!
  • Owl Creek Pass, Mount Sneffels Wilderness (Blue Lakes TH) - about 25- 30% color change
  • Uncompahgre Plateau is about 25-30% color change
  • Colbran- Paonia Areas are about  25-30% color change

More information on Fall Colors on the GMUG. View your pictures of Colorado's Wilderness areas.


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

Here are some maps to help you plan your visit to our forest:

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)- show motorized routes open to the public.

Recreation Maps - show Forest roads, trails and recreation facilities with some topographic features.

Colorado Recreation Map -provides links to all the Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands recreation information such as motor-vehicle use maps (MVUMs), visitor use maps (zoomable), wilderness maps, websites and more.